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Prepare for a blustery day across the Northland on Tuesday -- and keep an eye on the forecast as parts of the region may see accumulating snow later in the week. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of the Northland for Tuesday, including the Twin Ports. North to northwest winds are forecast to pick up overnight as a storm intensifies over the Great Lakes; there's also a chance for some light rain or rain-snow mix in the region tonight.
The Twin Ports’ first lighthouse and a keeper’s house were built on Minnesota Point between 1856 and 1858 - and a remnant of those structures remains today on Park Point. Read more here .
H.J. McMullen was not having a very good day when this photo was taken by the News Tribune’s Karl Jaros in July 1963. Read the latest News Tribune Attic post here .
It's back... The National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of snow or freezing rain mixing in with rain in the Northland tonight. No accumulation is expected for most areas, though some locations to the north of the Iron Range may see minor accumulations. After lows in the 20s across much of the region to start Saturday, highs are forecast to reach about 50 today under increasing clouds. Rain showers are forecast to move in from the southwest during the day, and may mix with snow and freezing rain tonight as temperatures fall into the 30s.
The St. Louis River has been running high through Jay Cooke State Park in recent days, in the wake of heavy rain a week ago. The spectacle -- along with the fall colors -- drew a crowd to the park over the weekend, with many venturing across the iconic Swinging Bridge to get an up-close look at the raging river.
Frost advisories and freeze warnings are in effect for the Northland tonight, as temperatures may drop into the 20s in some locations. A freeze warning is in effect from midnight to 9 a.m. Friday for central and northern St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Itasca and Koochiching counties, where temperatures may fall into the upper 20s to low 30s. Temperatures that low generally will bring an end to the growing season, the National Weather Service reported.
A flood advisory is in effect for the Twin Ports and the Interstate 35 corridor until 9 a.m., as heavy rain that started overnight continues this morning. The advisory includes southern St. Louis, northwestern Douglas, Carlton, Pine and southeastern Aitkin counties. Cities included in the advisory include Duluth, Superior, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, Moose Lake, Wrenshall, Esko, Barnum, Hinckley, Cromwell and Floodwood.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for much of the Northland, including the Twin Ports, through 6 a.m. Tuesday as showers and storms are expected to bring very heavy rain to parts of the region. "Moisture will continue to lift northward as the night wears on, resulting in the development of locally heavy rainfall across much of the area. Rainfall in the flash flood watch area is expected to be in the 2 to 4 inch range, with locally heavier amounts of up to 5 inches also possible," the National Weather Service reported Monday evening.
A frost advisory is in effect for much of the Northland, including the Twin Ports area, for the overnight hours as temperatures are forecast to fall into the mid-30s. The National Weather Service has issued the advisory from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday for St. Louis, Douglas, Carlton, Lake, Cook, Pine, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Sawyer, Washburn and Burnett counties.
Sunshine and southerly winds drove temperatures to record highs in parts of the Northland on Saturday. Ashland recorded a high of 91 degrees, the National Weather Service reported — breaking the previous Sept. 23 record of 90 degrees, set in 1937. The average high temperature for Ashland for this time of year is about 65 degrees. Duluth just missed a record high on Saturday; the high at the airport was 83 degrees, 2 degrees short of the daily record of 85, set in 1891.